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A Whirlwind Season for Student Rights in New York

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

They showed up to learn. Instead they were spat upon and called vulgar names. They had their lockers vandalized and books urinated upon. They are our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Los Angeles Public Schools Paid Nearly $500,000 To Scientology-Tied Tutoring Program

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

According to documents obtained by The Daily, Los Angeles public schools invested nearly half a million dollars in a tutoring program tied to Scientol...

Single-Sex Public Schools Increases Sexism -- Not Learning

Hayley Krischer | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Hayley Krischer

The concept is based on the different learning styles of boys and girls as well as cuts down on "distractions such as flirting."

My Decision to Send My Kids to Private School Has Never Been Easier to Defend

Christina Pesoli | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Christina Pesoli

By enumerating so many offensive ideas in the "Educating our Children" section of its platform, Texas Republican delegates have provided me with a blueprint to defend my decision to send my kids to private school.

Lawmaker Retracts Support On Voucher Program Because It Includes Muslim Schools

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

Louisiana Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, is retracting her support for Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, after realizing the money could be applied...

Schools Without Bullying

Ted Wachtel | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Ted Wachtel

The bullying by middle school students of Karen Klein, a school bus monitor in upstate New York, captured on video and viewed by millions online, sends a distressing message about the state of civility in our society.

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

A School Version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" With a Lady Gaga Twist

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I owe Lady Gaga a great deal for teaching an old conservative dad to not be afraid to try new things and to embrace an entire community that needed help.

Addressing the Dangers Posed by Child Predators

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.28.2012 | Crime
Robert J. Benz

How we respond to the real life case of man and monster -- whether it's with mind or emotion, with action or resignation -- will determine how many more horror shows we'll be forced to endure.

Blaming Teachers for Our Low Test Scores Is Like Blaming Doctors for Our National Obesity Epidemic

David Macaray | Posted 08.25.2012 | Education
David Macaray

Two damaging misconceptions about labor unions: (1) Union members tend to be substandard workers (lazy, unreliable, surly, privileged), and (2) union ...

Former Rockette Creates a Musical to Fight Obesity

Buster Brown | Posted 08.25.2012 | New York
Buster Brown

"My Plate! The New Food Musical Program," an educational production promoting healthy living that Helen Butleroff-Leahy, a former Rockette, has put on 47 times in New York City schools since she first staged it in 2005.

How The Recession Changed School Funding

Posted 08.16.2012 | Education

The recession shifted the former balance in education funding, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first ti...

Lawmakers Reject Color-Coded Student IDs By Test Score

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.21.2012 | Education

California lawmakers have voted to prohibit a controversial practice by Kennedy and Cypress High Schools that required students to carry color-coded I...

Turning Around Our Schools: All You Need Is Love

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Most education starts out with questions about how much you know. Our program starts out with questions about what you stand for and your life purpose.

Confidence In U.S. Public Schools Hits New Low

Posted 07.17.2012 | Education

Confidence in America’s public schools has hit a record low, with only 29 percent of respondents expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” ...

6th Grader Says Teacher Duct Taped Him To Chair

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.20.2012 | Education

A Bronx teacher allegedly duct-taped a rowdy student to his chair while other classmates laughed and pushed him around, New York Daily News reports. ...

Education Reform and the Paralysis of Analysis

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education
Joi Ruth Orr

We most unfortunately live in a nation full of potential advocates and influencers who suffer from a "paralysis of analysis".

Reforming the Way We Write About Reform, Education and More

Sarah Carr | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education
Sarah Carr

Journalists should strive to ensure they don't unthinkingly support a political agenda through the appropriation of its rhetoric. But as the debate surrounding education grows more heated, I worry that we all are missing the point when it comes to our words.

U.S. Mayors Back Parents Seizing Control Of Schools

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education

* Teachers' unions fiercely oppose "parent trigger" laws * Many Democratic mayors split with unions on issue * Opponents...

Don't Care About Guns? You're Still in the NRA's Sights

Josh Horwitz | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Ignoring one of the biggest mouthpieces of the Conservative Movement because they happen to have the word "Rifle" in their name allows the NRA to turn the clock back on a host of important issues without accountability or challenge.

Anger, Frustration Envelop Philadelphia Schools

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- The school system's chief recovery officer was trying to explain how broke the district is, but no one could hear him. "Save our scho...

Pa. Schools Seek Edge Over Cyber Schools

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

Citing better standardized test scores and diplomas from known schools, traditional Pennsylvania public school officials are attempting to win back st...

Teachers' Union Challenges Constitutionality Of Gov's Education Changes

Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 06.08.2012 | Education

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s bold education package that calls for using public school dollars to fund private and parochial school vouchers will b...

A Private Decision

Tom Allon | Posted 08.05.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Let's begin a public discussion of what is working and how to make sure every student feels they have great teachers and great school facilities.